I do not disagree with either of your last two posts. Anyone who deliberately targets civilians or civilian targets such as schools and hospitals ........ have no morals, are totally without feeling for human life and are of course committing war crimes. That I would suggest applies exclusively to the Islamic extremists under whatever flag they fly, and cannot be applied to any of the other fighters in this conflict. But the word ‘DELIBERATE
’ is significant!
I have never subscribed to the oft quoted meme that the Russians and Assad deliberately target hospitals, schools or civilian targets, any more than coalition forces do ...... the Russians/Assad/US/coalition forces are from civilised backgrounds. From countries where such extreme ideology is not normal. ‘Our
’ religious instruction manual is not the same as ‘their’s
Our military participation is often sanitised and at some time all sides will kill civilians, but they do not do it deliberately.
Most often, when the follow up stories start coming through, it is evident that these accusations are just plain inaccurate! Do civilians die in battle? Yes of course they do, that is one of the horrors of war ......... the innocent pay the price very often but they are not deliberate targets because if you apply common sense to the situation it just plain does not make sense. With the exception of the views the head choppers hold .... who, incidentally the coalition have been supporting in Syria, ........ what is there to gain for any of these combatants to deliberately kill those they have a responsibility to protect? It is an illogical concept.
This current fad of ‘false news
’ has been around for a long, long time and has had the same effect on our brains as the Jihadi’s achieve with their followers. I tend to read both sides of stories often some days (even weeks or months
) after the event. When you then assemble the facts that come out from various sources, it inevitably paints a very different picture to that given in the MSM initial reporting of the story. This is very rarely followed up in the MSM, as it is ‘old news
’ and not worth the column inches, so ‘WE’ tend to be just a brainwashed as the Jihadi’s and see our ideological enemy as those that control what we see and read, would prefer we believed without questioning.
When terrorists attacked a Russian field hospital treating people fleeing Eastern Aleppo, and killed Russian medical staff, we heard very little about it in our MSM. It seemed it was of no great significance. But, when Terrorist sources fed the media with stories of the Russian air force deliberately destroying ‘... the last hospital in Aleppo
.’ (20 times Al-Quds hospital has been destroyed since the beginning of 2016
) it is all over the front pages and many people fall for it without ever questioning the facts because it falls in-line with the perception ‘WE’ have of events.
About 48 hours later the Russian MoD issued drone pictures taken of Al-Quds a day before this raid and the day after the raid .... the hospital had not been hit at all ...... but a couple of buildings close by had been. They were weapons stores and a command centre placed by the terrorists very close to the hospital for protection. Once again, the terrorists have no regard for the lives of the civilians they put in danger. So the picture changes but ‘WE’ do not read about that version of events. The initial version is what lodges as being the event.
I am afraid that 'WE' have disturbed a hornet’s nest and it is not going to be easy to eradicate them. Even someone like any of us with a beef against society, could steal a truck and kill dozens of people ....... how on earth do you stop that happening? ‘WE’ seem to be concentrating our efforts on the wrong enemy! Apparently when Trump was discussing the ME in some meeting he asked “Why can’t we just nuke them
?” I’ve often asked myself the same question ..... but being civilised I couldn’t ‘nuke ‘em’
simply because I have morals and too many innocent people would die.